Cinema Line taps Ruskin as veepee of production

Fledgling Cinema Line Films announced Thursday the appointment of Susan Ruskin as VP production, ending her nine-year stint as head of production for Gene Wilder’s Pal-Mel development shingle.

Ruskin becomes the No. 2 production exec behind former TriStar Pictures exec VP of production Stephen Randall at Cinema Line, which is financed by fashion entrepreneur Leonard Rabinowitz, clothing designer Carole Little and Verna Harrah.

Since its inception, Cinema Line has been an aggressive buyer of literary properties, including the option of Diane Wilk and Michael Diamond’s spec script “Things Happen” for a package that will pay out $ 300,000 if the movie is produced (Daily Variety, March 2) and the $ 300,000 against $ 600,000 purchase of Cory Tynan and John Ries’ “Ghosthunter” (Daily Variety, Jan. 26).

Ruskin will be involved in all of the company’s development activities, including “Things Happen,””Ghosthunter,” Tom Topor’s adaptation of Mary Higgins Clark’s novel “All Around the Town” and “Mama’s Boy.”

At Pal-Mel, Ruskin produced Wilder’s “Haunted Honeymoon” and associate produced “Women in Red.” She started in the biz as a creative affairs exec with filmmaker George Lucas and later worked as director of development for Robert Stigwood.